- "A thoroughly impressive mix of jazz and rock to create a bona fide fusion of modern jazz guitar styles.” Music Web Express
- "Smith’s delicate finger-work is well displayed on the flowing “Street Sense” and the soft tones on “The Searcher.” Jazz Weekly.com
Guitarist Perry Smith combines his love for jazz with broad influences from rock and folk to create his signature style. Originally from California, Smith is now based in Brooklyn where he leads his own group and is a sideman for jazz and commercial artists. Smith’s extensive performance resume includes notable venues such as the Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC/Tokyo), Village Vanguard (NYC), Dizzy's Club @ Lincoln Center (NYC), Healdsburg Guitar Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Hoffest (Berlin), The World Expo (Japan), and Yoshi’s Jazz Club (SF Bay Area). As a composer, Smith was a finalist in the 2007 International Songwriting Competition and won the 2006 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award.
Smith is a recording artist for Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records (BJUR) and released his new album “Street Sense” in November 2013. The project features seven original compositions and marks Smith’s debut on BJUR and his first original album as a New Yorker. His music is tied together through simply melodies that have a repetitive and rhythmic nature. Smith’s talented band (Dayna Stephens, Sam Minaie and Ross Pederson) bring the compositions to life through adventurous and interactive improvising. The end result represents a foundation rooted in the tradition with a drive to create a fresh identity in the jazz scene.
In addition to leading his own group and working as a sideman, Smith is a founding member of the New West Guitar Group. Featuring fellow guitarists John Storie (Los Angeles) and Jeff Stein (Brooklyn), NWGG has been performing internationally for 10 years and they are recognized as one of the premier guitar ensemble in the country.
In 2005, Smith received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Flora L. Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where he studied guitar with jazz legend Joe Diorio. In 2011 he completed his Masters in Music at New York University and was named the “Outstanding Graduate” in the Jazz Department.
“a bright light in music.” - Joe Diorio